Summer fun is in full swing in Chicago. As usual, there is no shortage of indoor and outdoor events happening across the city this weekend.
Of course, this weekend is extra special, with fathers being toasted on Sunday.
Here is the Raising World Citizens list of the top five multicultural events for families in Chicago this weekend – Friday, June 13, Saturday, June 14, and Sunday, June 15:
1. Puerto Rican People’s Day Parade & Festival
Humboldt Park, Division St. and California Ave. (Humboldt Park)
Thursday, June 12 and Friday, June 13, 3 – 10 pm
Saturday, June 14 and Sunday, June 15, 12 – 10 pm
Free admission (additional cost for carnival rides)
Now in its 32nd year, the Puerto Rican People’s Day Parade and Festival features Latin and Puerto Rican food and music, arts and crafts, and carnival rides. On Saturday, June 14, the People’s Parade will travel down Division St., stepping off at Division St. and Western Ave. at 2 p.m.
2. Oakley Festa Pasta Vino
2400 S. Oakley Ave. (Heart of Chicago)
Friday, June 13, 5 – 11 pm
Saturday, June 14, 12 – 11 pm
Sunday, June 15, 12 – 10 pm
$7 suggested donation
The 24th annual Oakley Festa Pasta Vino celebrates Italian food, wine, music, and culture in the Heart of Chicago neighborhood. During the three-day festival, you also can enjoy a Florentine market, hand-crafted goods, costumed performers, and more.
3. Facet Family Film Series
1517 W. Fullerton Ave. (Lincoln Park)
Saturday, June 14, 9:30 and 11 am
$9 for adults, $6 for children
Facets is celebrating Father’s Day a day early with its special salute to dads. It’s showing two films, geared two different age groups, on Saturday:
At 9:30 am, you can see Superdad & Me, an animated/live action shorts program perfect for children ages 8 and under. Superdad & Me features films from Sweden, Norway, Russia and Italy. During this screening, the subtitles of the world language films will be read aloud for the benefit of the younger attendees.
At 11 am, you can see Family Man, an animated live action shorts program perfect for children 10 years and older. Family Man features films from Taiwan, Germany, England and the US.
The World Cup starts today (Thursday, June 13) – and soccer fever is spreading throughout Chicago. You can get your fix of soccer fun on Saturday at the World Cup Celebration in suburban Woodridge. From 12 – 2 pm, you can join with Lil’ Kickers Chicago, Cultural Care Au Pair and the Naperville Moms Network for soccer, face painting, crafts, and more.
You can find a list of where to watch the World Cup with your family in Chicago here.
5. Swedish Day
Good Templar Park
528 East Side Dr. (Far west suburban Geneva)
Sunday, June 15, 9 am – 4 pm
$5 for adults; children 12 and under are free
(People who come dressed in traditional Scandinavian Folk costumes also get in free)
Swedish Day is the Midwest’s oldest Midsummer festival. The event, which began in 1911, offers Scandinavian food, live music, an arts & crafts fair, a Maypole celebration, and more. Families also will enjoy children’s games, crafts, and races.
Have a good weekend – and a happy Father’s Day!
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